Derby Contenders

Bo Hirsch

Papa Clem is a homebred campaigned by Bo Hirsch, who named the colt after his father, the legendary Clement L. Hirsch. A successful owner and breeder in California for about 40 years until his death in 2000, the elder Hirsch was instrumental in the establishment of the Oak Tree Racing Association. Clement Hirsch served as the first president of the not-for-profit organization, which has operated a meeting at Santa Anita every fall since 1969. Proceeds from the Oak Tree meetings are directed to deserving projects, including the Center for Equine Health and Performance at the University of California at Davis, the Race Track Chaplaincy and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. During his tenure as president, Clement Hirsch also helped Oak Tree to stage the Breeders' Cup in 1986 and 1993. In recognition of his accomplishments, two major races have been named in his honor -- the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship S. (G1) at Oak Tree and the Clement L. Hirsch H. (G2) for distaffers at Del Mar. As an owner, he raced such notables as *Figonero, winner of the 1969 Hollywood Gold Cup, and Magical Maiden, victress of the 1991 Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) and 1992 Las Virgenes S. (G1). Magical Maiden went on to produce Miss Houdini, who captured the 2002 Del Mar Debutante S. (G1) for Bo Hirsch. Miss Houdini later became the dam of Papa Clem. In keeping with the all-in-the-family connections, Figonero, Magical Maiden and Miss Houdini were all trained by Warren Stute, the late uncle of Papa Clem's trainer, Gary Stute.